by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Gatsby is a self-made man who imagines that wealth is all he needs to win back Daisy, his first love, who married someone else while he was fighting in the First World War. Daisy has good intentions but she's confused, and the result is a classic love triangle, reported to us by a narrator who is blameless but boring.
Since I was unimpressed with The Great Gatsby when I read it in a high-school English class, I'm not sure why I picked it up again. I guess I felt like I didn't enjoy it because I was forced to read it and wanted to make amends. Anyway, I really liked it this time, not because of any specific thing, but rather because the characters are crisp, the plot is involving, and the setting is fascinating. Recommended.
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